Otros Carnavales

El Carnaval poco conocido de Montevideo, Uruguay tal vez sea uno de los más auténticos.
fotos y texto por Nacho Hamad

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Other Carnivals

The candombe tradition of Montevideo, Uruguay may not be so well-known as other Carnivals, but it might just be one of the most authentic.
photos and text by Nacho Hammad

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The Archaeology of Slavery & Book Review: “Homegoing” by Yaa Gyasi

I imagined her watching any non-survivors being hurled into something like the adjacent Cemiterio dos Novos Pretos, the Cemetary of New Blacks, the site of the largest slave cemetery in the Americas, where tens of thousands of bodies had been dumped and incinerated upon arrival in Rio de Janeiro. Such violence affected every generation that followed her, including those who are struggling to maintain the site

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I aimed the camera at them; they aimed their marbles at me

There are two kinds of travelers: those running from themselves and those running to themselves, I thought, as I pointed the camera at the children. I am happy to say that it was this thought that struck me, and not the marbles aimed back at me along with their giggles and smiles.

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O Charme do Rio Antigo – Old Rio de Janeiro in black and white

Once again removing the color pollution of noxious textile dyes, paints and plastics to reveal the beauty in the details of life — and dance — in Rio’s old city center. 

Sem a poluição cromática de tanto tingimento têxtil, tinta e plásticos, a beleza dos detalhes da vida — e baile — no Rio Antigo fica ainda mais charmoso.

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Judging a cover by its book: Chicago by Carrie Welsh

Buildings are like books, the exterior is the Preface, the Prologue; it is where the excitement and the intrigue of a story begins, giving you a hint as to what lies ahead.
The interior is the body of the book, a place where you get introduced to some characters, the scenery, the plot, and maybe you solve a mystery behind its private doors. You might even find things you really don’t want to see.

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Prata Preta and a story repeats

It was a law that had been passed forcing all residents to take something called a “vaccine” that resulted in the violent revolt that ransacked the city of Rio de Janeiro between November 10 – 16, 1904. The modernization of the nation’s capital at the time and during the First Republic was arduous: despite the […]

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No TV

“You don’t have a TV, Ricky?” “I’ve never had one.” “What? Why?” “Where would I put it?” 😉

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Cuando tradiciones se globalizan / When traditions go global

Felíz por haber visto el papel picado volar aquí en Brasil para Día de los Muertos, aunque fuera de plástico, al contrário de la antíqua artesanía de tradición poblana. Me parece que la celebración mexicana será la próxima moda comercial, mundial, como ni Halloween ya ha conquistado ‘seguidores’ por el mundo entero. Espero que la arrancada de […]

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Tessellating in Peru / Teselando en Perú

The vision of an artist with a raw talent for drawing becomes even more arresting when paired with the unique mathematical eye for tessellation – the covering of an infinite plane with congruent geometric figures, like a mosaic. Artist and physicist Martín Silva Va tied diverse talents together to reflect his Peruvian roots and life in one of Latin America’s unforgiving cities.

La visión de un artista con un talento nato para el dibujo se vuelve más fascinante cuando se combina con el ojo matemático único para el teselado: la cobertura de un plano infinito con figuras geométricas congruentes, como un mosaico. El artista y físico Martín Silva Va unió diversos talentos para reflejar sus raíces y su vida peruana en una de las ciudades más implacables de América Latina.

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